Doctor Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme, has said Covid will not disappear, but with more vaccination, there could be lower levels of hospitalisation.
The coronavirus will not disappear and it still remains a public health emergency of international concern, the WHO said.
The coronavirus will not disappear, Doctor Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme, has said, adding that the virus from the 2009 pandemic is still circulating.
He said with more vaccination herd immunity can be achieved and that will lead to lower levels of hospitalisation. For now, he said, Covid remains a public health emergency of international concern.
“The lower levels of transmission and the more equitable distribution of vaccines will mean that herd immunity is achieved, and gradually we can look at lower levels of hospitalisation. But as of now, it continues to be a public health emergency of international concern,” he said.
The swine flu pandemic of 2009 killed an estimated 2,84,500 people, some 15 times the number confirmed by laboratory tests at the time, according to a study by an international group of scientists published in 2012.
H1N1 had begun petering out by November 2009, and the WHO declared the epidemic at an end the following August.
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